COMPLETE SCORE
BACK TO THE FUTURE Soundtrack (1985)

BACK TO THE FUTURE

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1985
10
38:03
MCA Records

BACK TO THE FUTURE Soundtrack: Complete Score (2009)

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Complete Score

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2009
40
89:08
Intrada

Special reissues (without new musical content):
BACK TO THE FUTURE
2015
BACK TO THE FUTURE Soundtrack (2015)
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2015
24
49:28
Intrada / Geffen Records

This release contains the same 24 tracks from the Complete Score released by Intrada in 2009. The version from Geffen Records is a digital version.

BACK TO THE FUTURE
2016
BACK TO THE FUTURE Soundtrack (vinyl) (2016)
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2016
24
49:28
Mondo

Vinyl edition

Special release of the complete score in vinyl format. Contains the same 24 tracks from the Complete Score released by Intrada in 2009.

BACK TO THE FUTURE Trilogy
2016
BACK TO THE FUTURE (Trilogy soundtrack vinyl) (2016)
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2016
24
49:28
Mondo

Vinyl edition

Special trilogy box released in vinyl format with the complete score albums from the Back to the Future trilogy.

REVIEW

Back to the Future (ENGLISH)

Back to the Future (Alan Silvestri). Sometimes it seems difficult to understand that a soundtrack with a theme so popular as the Back to the Future one had never had an official album, not at least in the years following the premiere of the movie in 1985, apart from the disc of songs that was released together with the movie and in which there were included only 2 tracks of Silvestri's score, and when the sequels released a few years later had its album with the music of the composer. 24 years had pass in order that Intrada was editing the complete score.

The 2009 edition contains 2 CDs: the first one of them includes the complete score and, the second one, an alternative version of many of the tracks recorded before the multiple modifications that Silvestri had to do to satisfy the director Robert Zemeckis. The content of this second disc is certainly redundant, since it happens in other compilations in which there were included the score edited originally together with the complete or expanded score, which creates a compilation with repeated similar tracks. This one is a bonus content appraisable, but not important, since the really important thing is always the final version of the music listened in the film, and it is obtained with the content that offers the disc 1.

Since it is use to happen, these record efforts are released in a limited quantity to a few thousands of copies that end becoming sold out, and it would be something great to release a digital version after the ending of the physical issue, to offer this music to the future generations. This is something that does not take place with these editions, and is understandable from the perspective of the record label that commercializes the product, but it is also understandable that the digital release would be the following logical step, after the edition for the first time of this and other scores not released in the time of the movie premiere, for its definitive global diffusion. The clearest example of this senseless is the one of this soundtrack: it is simpler to find a copy of the original 1985 album than a copy of the 2009 limited edition. Does not it look like madness? An anachronistic problem? Something that should have been solved by the record and technological possibilities of the 21st century?

Apart from both discs, the 2009 album contains a booklet with interesting notes about the production of the movie and the score, in which surprises the constant insistence of Steven Spielberg, producer of the film, in his doubts about that Silvestri were the appropriate composer for the movie. After the first hearing of the music recorded by the composer, Spielberg's doubts were cleared up, moment from which the producer did not doubt again about the composing capacities of Alan Silvestri.

 

OCTOBER, 21st 2015

BACK TO THE FUTURE Trilogy Vinyl Box Set (Mondo 2016)
BACK TO THE FUTURE Trilogy
Vinyl Box Set (Mondo 2016)

At the end of 2015, the publishing fever comes untied for the music of Back to the Future. In particular, around October 21st, 2015, the date to what Marty McFly travels in the second movie of the saga from the "present" of then to the future already reached of 2015. Intrada re-edits partially its version of 2009, this time including the complete score (content of the disc 1 of the 2009 edition) and doing without the extras (disc 2). At the same time, Mondo edits the soundtracks of the three movies in vinyl, and release them in two formats: in a complete box set including the three soundtracks of the three films of the saga, and as individual releases of each soundtrack. All of them with the artistic success for their covers with which they use to impress. Also, the two vinyl editions of Mondo for Back to the Future (from the box set and the individual release) have different covers.

But the most important step is that Geffen Records also edits the score in digital format, which will end with the continuous problem of the limited CD issues sold out. The musical content is the same in the versions for the three formats (CD, vinyl and digital), though the official calculation of the track times differs a bit among them.

Note: although Mondo uses the October 21st 2015 date to pre-order the vinyls, the soundtracks will not ship until February 2016.

It is a symptom of how the times and the consumption of film music have changed, that the score of Back to the Future, which in the moment of the premiere of the movie did not even have an official album, passes to be commercialized with several editions simultaneously, included those of both sequels, undoubtedly dragged by the "October 21st, 2015" effect. Though, in this occasion, it is possible that the purchase of this CDs and vinyls could be seen influenced as a purchase of collection objects, besides as a purchase of music. There are many examples of musical artists and from other disciplines who were estimated after the pass of time, often after their death. And it seems that this circumstance continues repeating itself even being at the end of the 20th century and at the beginning of the 21st, the interval between the premiere of the movie and the year 2015 that so much meaning acquires in the second part of the saga and that, undoubtedly, has used as commercial hook for this torrent of editions.

Regreso al Futuro (ESPAÑOL)

Regreso al Futuro (Alan Silvestri). A veces parece difícil entender que una banda sonora con un tema tan popular como el de Regreso al Futuro no hubiera tenido nunca un álbum oficial, ni siquiera en los años siguientes al estreno de la película en 1985, al margen del disco de canciones que salió junto con la película y en el que tan sólo se incluían 2 pistas del score de Silvestri, y cuando las secuelas estrenadas pocos años después sí tuvieron su álbum con la música del compositor. 24 años tuvieron que pasar para que Intrada editara el score completo.

La edición de 2009 contiene 2 CDs: el primero de ellos incluye el score completo y, el segundo, una versión alternativa de muchas de las pistas previa a las múltiples modificaciones que Silvestri tuvo que hacer para contentar al director Robert Zemeckis. El contenido de este segundo disco es ciertamente redundante, como sucede en otras compilaciones en las que se incluye el score editado originalmente junto con el score completo o expandido, lo que crea una compilación con pistas repetidas muy similares. Este es un contenido extra valorable, pero no importante, ya que lo verdaderamente importante es siempre la versión final de la música escuchada en el film, y eso ya lo consigue el contenido que ofrece el disco 1.

Como suele ocurrir, estos esfuerzos discográficos salen a la venta en cantidad limitada a unas miles de copias que terminan agotándose, y sería algo genial el editar una versión digital tras la finalización de la tirada física, para ofrecer esta música a las generaciones futuras. Esto es algo que con este tipo de ediciones no se produce, y es entendible desde la perspectiva del sello discográfico que comercializa el producto, pero es también entendible que sería el siguiente paso lógico, tras la edición por primera vez de éste y otros scores no editados en su momento, para su difusión global definitiva. El ejemplo más claro de este sinsentido es el de esta banda sonora: es más sencillo encontrar una copia del disco original de 1985 que de la edición limitada de 2009. ¿No parece una locura? ¿Un problema anacrónico? ¿Algo que debería haberse resuelto con las posibilidades discográficas y tecnológicas del siglo XXI?

Aparte de los dos discos, el álbum de 2009 contiene un libreto con interesantes notas sobre la producción del score y de la película, en el que destaca la constante insistencia de Steven Spielberg, productor de la cinta, en sus dudas sobre que Silvestri fuera el compositor adecuado para la película. Tras la primera audición de la música grabada por el compositor, las dudas de Spielberg quedaron solventadas, momento a partir del cual el productor no volvió a poner en entredicho las capacidades compositivas de Alan Silvestri.

 

21 de OCTUBRE de 2015

BACK TO THE FUTURE Trilogy Vinyl Box Set (Mondo 2016)
BACK TO THE FUTURE Trilogy
Vinyl Box Set (Mondo 2016)

A finales de 2015 se desata la fiebre editorial por la música de Regreso al Futuro. Más en concreto, en torno al 21 de octubre de 2015, fecha a la que Marty McFly viaja en la segunda película de la saga desde el "presente" de entonces al futuro ya alcanzado de 2015. Intrada reedita parcialmente su versión de 2009, esta vez incluyendo el score completo (contenido del disco 1 de la edición de 2009) y prescindiendo de los extras (disco 2). A su vez, Mondo edita la trilogía en vinilo en dos formatos: en una caja en la que se incluyen las 3 bandas sonoras de las 3 películas de la saga, y de forma indivicual por cada una de ellas. Todo ello con el acierto artístico de sus carátulas con el que Mondo suele impresionar, y que son diferentes entre la edición de la caja y la edición individual.

Pero el paso más importante es que también Geffen Records edita el score, un su caso en formato digital, lo que terminará con el continuo problema del agotamiento de las tiradas limitadas en CD. El contenido musical es el mismo en las versiones para los tres formatos (CD, vinilo y la digital), si bien el cálculo oficial de los tiempos de las pistas difiere un poco entre ellas.

Nota: aunque Mondo usa el 21 de octubre de 2015 como fecha para hacer el pedido de los vinilos, las bandas sonoras no serán enviadas hasta febrero de 2016.

No deja de ser un síntoma de cómo han cambiado los tiempos y del consumo de música de cine, que la partitura de Regreso al Futuro, que en el momento del estreno de la película ni siquiera tuvo un álbum oficial, se pase a comercializar con varias ediciones a la vez, incluidas las de las dos secuelas, sin duda arrastradas por el efecto "21 de Octubre de 2015". Aunque, en esta ocasión, la compra de CDs y vinilos se puede ver influenciada como compra de objetos de colección, además de como compra de discos de música. Hay muchos ejemplos de artistas musicales y de otras disciplinas que fueron apreciados tras el paso de los años, muchas veces tras su muerte. Y parece que esta circunstancia se sigue repitiendo aun estando a finales del siglo XX y principios del XXI, el lapso entre el estreno de la película y el año 2015 que tanto significado adquiere en la segunda parte de la saga y que, sin duda, ha servido de gancho comercial para este aluvión de ediciones.

TRACK LISTINGS
BACK TO THE FUTURE
1985
Total Time: 38:03
Label:
MCA Records
  1. The Power of Love (3:43)
    Performed by Huey Lewis and the News
  2. Time Bomb Town (2:45)
    Performed by Lindsey Buckingham
  3. Back to the Future (3:17)
    Performed by The Outatime Orchestra conducted by Alan Silvestri
  4. Heaven is One Step Away (4:08)
    Performed by Eric Clapton
  5. Back in Time (4:17)
    Performed by Huey Lewis and the News
  6. Back to the Future Overture (8:16)
    Performed by The Outatime Orchestra conducted by Alan Silvestri
  7. The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry) (2:41)
    Performed by Etta James
  8. Night Train (2:14)
    Performed by Marvin Berry and the Starlighters
  9. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) (2:59)
    Performed by Marvin Berry and the Starlighters
  10. Johnny B. Goode (3:05)
    Performed by Marty McFly with the Starlighters
BACK TO THE FUTURE: Complete Score
2009
Total Time: 89:08
Label:
Intrada
    DISC 1: The Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (49:24)
  1. Logo (0:20)
  2. DeLorean Reveal (0:46)
  3. Einstein Disintegrated (1:22)
  4. '85 Twin Pines Mall (4:43)
  5. Peabody Barn; Marty Ditches DeLorean (3:09)
  6. '55 Town Square (1:18)
  7. Lorraine's Bedroom (0:47)
  8. Retrieve DeLorean (1:15)
  9. 1.21 Jigowatts (1:37)
  10. The Picture (1:09)
  11. Picture Fades (0:17)
  12. Skateboard Chase (1:39)
  13. Marty's Letter (1:20)
  14. George To The Rescue - Pt. 1 (0:50)
  15. Marvin Be-Bop (2:25)
  16. George To The Rescue - Pt. 2 (2:34)
  17. Tension; The Kiss (1:33)
  18. Goodnight Marty (1:31)
  19. It's Been Educational; Clocktower (10:30)
  20. Helicopter (0:19)
  21. '85 Lone Pine Mall (3:46)
  22. 4 x 4 (0:40)
  23. Doc Returns (1:14)
  24. Back To The Future (End Credits) (3:16)
    DISC 2: The Creation Of A Classic... Alternate Early Sessions (39:44)
  1. DeLorean Reveal (0:40)
  2. Einstein Disintegrated (1:25)
  3. Peabody Barn (2:17)
  4. Marty Ditches DeLorean (1:56)
  5. '55 Town Square #1 (Trumpet Open) (1:35)
  6. '55 Town Square #2 (Trumpet Mute) (1:35)
  7. Retrieve DeLorean (1:16)
  8. 1.21 Jigowatts (1:36)
  9. The Picture (1:08)
  10. Skateboard Chase (1:40)
  11. George To The Rescue (4:13)
  12. Tension; The Kiss (1:42)
  13. Clocktower (11:02)
  14. '85 Lone Pine Mall (3:50)
  15. Doc Returns (1:19)

  16. BONUS TRACK:
  17. Ling Ting Ring (Unused Source Cue) (2:01)
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